Ultimate Baseball Error Cards List (Values and Investment Guide)

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Baseball Error Cards List

Error Baseball Cards

We love a good baseball error card… not only are they out of the ordinary from the standard card but there usually worth much more $$$ which is always a good thing.

A great error card combines an unusual feature (a bad word on the butt of the bat) with extreme rarity (the less of the error cards produced the more valuable it will be).

Here are some of the best baseball error cards from an investment viewpoint.

Baseball Error Cards List

 

1990 Topps Frank Thomas No Name On Front Error Card #414

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Topps No Name On Front Frank Thomas

One of the most popular and most expensive of all error cards.

The 1990 Topps Frank Thomas NNOF Error Card shows Frank the Tank on one knee with his name missing from the front of the card.

A high-grade Thomas NNOF card will cost you well into the 4 digits (maybe 5 if BGS 9.5 or PSA 10).

 

1987 Donruss Opening Day Barry Bonds Error Card #163

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Barry Bonds must have been insulted when Donruss displayed a photo of Bonds’ teammate, second baseman Johnny Ray in this error card.

A high grade will go for $1,000 give or take a few hundred.

 

1989 Fleer Bill Ripken FF Error Rookie Card #161

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Bill Ripken Jr. FF ERROR

Another classic baseball error card from the ’80s.

The Bill Ripken FF Error Card is a legend among kids who came to age in the ’80s and ’90s as they were always wondering what the black/white scribble version of the error was hiding!

This card in Mint condition will cost around $1,000.

 

1957 Topps Hank Aaron Reverse Image Error #20

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Topps Hank Aaron Reverse Image Error

Topps reversed the image on the photo negative of Hank Aaron, showing Hammerin’ Hank as a left-handed batter.

The card is not found often but is worth a bid when it shows up on eBay or Heritage Auctions.

 

2009 Derek Jeter Topps Heritage Rare Error Red Sox Logo #83

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DEREK JETER Topps Heritage Rare Error Red Sox Logo

WOW! Talk about one of the craziest errors in all of the baseball cards.

The 2009 Derek Jeter Topps Heritage Red Sox Logo Error Card makes New York Yankee fan’s blood pressure boil… how dare they even print an error card with Jeter associated with the Red Sox!

This is a must for Red Sox fans who love trolling Yankee FANBOYS.

 

1990 Ken Griffey Jr. Topps Misprint Error Card #336

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Error Baseball Cards from the '80s and '90s

This Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card can come with a variety of errors.

The card is quite common on eBay and can be bought at a somewhat reasonable price.

 

2017 Topps Heritage Ronald Acuna Jr. Auto No First Name Error 

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Topps Heritage Ronald Acuna JR. Auto No First Name Error

A super-rare Acuna rare card that should be avoided by the average joe collector unless they have extremely deep pockets.

This card in PSA GEM MINT/MINT condition will cost in the 4 digits.

 

2011 Mike Trout Topps Update Missing FOIL Error #US175

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Mike Trout Topps Update Missing FOIL Error

This Mike Trout rookie card is already highly sought after on its own. When you add a missing Topps Logo (should be in the top right-hand corner) the card value increases but by not as much as you might expect.

The error version will only slightly increase the value of the card.

 

2019 Topps Heritage Fernando Tatis Jr Rookie Rc Yellow Line Error Card #517

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Topps Heritage Fernando Tatis Jr error card

Tatis Jr. is the hot prospect that everyone is expecting big things from in 2020.

This error card simply has a yellow line between his name and his position.

A PSA 10 graded Tatis Jr. Yellow Line Error Card sold for $172 in early March of 2020. 

 

Baseball Error Cards Value

The exact amount of any given error card is based on a variety of factors such as the condition and numbers of the card.

A PSA 10 Frank Thomas No Name will be worth much more than a Billy Ripken Black Box Raw Card.

If you would like a price estimate of any error card in your collection please email pictures (back and front) to value@goldcardauctions.com.

 

Investment Outlook

Baseball error cards will always have a high ROI when compared to normal cards due to the rarity of the card.

Like we said we love a good error card and are always on the lookout to add some to our investment portfolio.


Did we leave any error baseball cards off this list? What are some other error cards from other sports? Comment below!

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    • Hi everyone i was opening a box of 1990 Bowman Baseball and I pulled a Sammy sosa RC but when i got to look more at it his name on front is showing Sammy Scsa anyone no of this
      thought on this and the card is mint

    • I have the Billy Ripken card that’s been put up for 30 years how do I get a value on it. It’s the one with the FF

  1. I have a 1994 Upper deck collectors choice. I have a Chipper Jones card with Todd Jones stats and picture on the back. I also Have a Manny Ramirez card with Johnny Ruffins stats and info on the back that one. Is this abnormal?

  2. i have several…93′ topps # 206 henry cotto, w/ only the picture. 92′ fleer ultra gregg jefferies blank back. 92′ topps-gold barry larkin cinn-reds except it shows astros. 2001 topps chrome erubiel durazo the back shows sidney ponson instead. the last one is just damaged. 93′ leaf # 75 todd hundley…on bottom is crimped, like the edge of coin.

  3. I have an error card that nobody else has, as far as I can see from scouring the internet. It is a 1990 Donruss Mike Fetters card. Now, the card is already an error on the back showing the copyright “1989 Leaf”, but the left arm of Fetters on this card is black and white. This card was just opened last night in a pack and is clean. The discoloration has no marks on it, so you can tell it was a printing error, where color ink wasn’t applied.

  4. Here are some error cards I’ve found in my collection
    Just found the Jerry Browne 1988 Fleer with Bob Brower’s picture on it today.
    ’94 Topps Stadium Club Sammy Sosa wrong birthday
    ’89 Fleer Jose Uribe wrong birth year
    ’88 Score Rick Cerone wrong birth year (tried getting it signed but Failed)
    Autographed ’88 Donruss and ’89 Score Manny Trillo both birthplace misspelled
    ’86 Topps miscut Enos Cabell, has Joe DeSa’s name upside down at the bottom
    ’82 Donruss Sparky Lyle slightly miscut and off center (tried getting it signed but failed)
    ’85 Topps Greg A. Harris that has a couple red lines and blotches
    ’90 Donruss Harold Baines All-Star card, has recent major league performance over stats instead of all star game performance
    Autographed ’92 Fleer Ultra Skeeter Barnes with the wrong stats, wrong birthday, birthplace, and height
    ’88 and ’90 Donruss Kelly Gruber both with the wrong birthday (’88 autographed)
    Always keeping and eye out for misprints.

  5. I have a 1987 topps Maury Willis turn back the clock card with a blatant full thumbprint of someone in the lower right corner.

  6. I have a few miscut baseball cards. Just wondering their value. For ex. I have a ’71 Joe Torre card with a picture of Jesus Alou.

  7. I have a rare Ken Griffey Jr topps card where it is severely miss aligned on the front and back. Any idea of what its worth? Call me 954-300-8756

  8. I have a pack of 1982 Donruss (15 count) that 13 of the cards are error. The player listed on the front and the named player listed on the back with statistics are not the same. I.e., Rod Carew (front side) James Howard Sundberg on the back this card is a Donruss DiamondKings…another one is Tim Raines front, Keith Hernandez back…

  9. I have a 1982 topps Ben Oglivie card with nothing on the back of it. I cant find any record of another one. Has anyone else??

  10. I have the 1990 Donruss Ken Griffey Jr. #365 error variation no period after INC, but also have the 1990 Donruss Ken Griffey Sr. error variation no period after INC, but I don’t see a listing for Griffey Sr’s error card, has anyone else run into this card?

  11. Hi, I have a 1990 bowman baseball error I can’t find anywhere. The card front is of Jesse Barfield #433, the back is #454 Mark McGwire stats. Have not found it anywhere….anyone have any info?

  12. I have a Cecil Butler (Milwaukee, Braves) on the picture side and Don Mincher (Minnesota, twins) stats on the back.. Topps card 1963

  13. Hi everyone, I have 1991 fleer card #280 Bert Campaneris, the card was mis cut exactly down the middle . Front seems normal ! I cannot find another one like it. I have looked for over a year can someone give me some advice? I’m sure I’ve got a one of a kind.

  14. We were handed down a box of 1990 Donruss error cards where both sides have a player picture and they are different players on each side. The stats side was left off completely. We have been trying to Google and find some like it on eBay, but there is literally nothing out there that gives any info. From one message board we were told these were super rare and valuable. They are in perfect condition.

  15. does a card that was miss cut at the factory have any value? I have a card that was cut (vertical) about 50% off, Half of 2 different cards. would a grading company grade it.

  16. I have a rick reuschel card with Dennis eckersley on the back…. it’s o-pee-chee, and the other is Topps….. they are both in mint condition and I didn’t find anything online about this,….I’m not sure if it would be called a misprint or an error card so I’m a little confused on this…. my email is bscottthomas1985@gmail.com can you please give me some insight on what I have or don’t have

  17. I have a 1990 donruss griffey with a weird red mark on his jersey above his necklace medallion and right below the neck of his jersey you can tell it’s a printing error cause it looks like it goes under his chain

  18. I have a 1995 Frank Thomas Stadium Club Crunch Time miscut. Has this been seen before and a possible value? Haven’t been able to locate any info or other examples of this online anywhere.

  19. Hello. I have a 1988 Topps Bruce Sutter card and on the back it has some of Steve Jeltz information but is cut off. Cannot find anything online about this existing and have had it since I was a kid.

  20. 1988 Donruss David Cone error blank back. 1988 Fleer error #462 Jerry Browne that’s not Jerry on the card.
    1989 Fleer #130 Tom Brookens Mike Heath back of card.
    1989 Topps #372 Craig Lefferts Blank front no
    Any idea what they are worth please
    E-mail centralpark10@yahoo.com

  21. I have a 2019 Bowman Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr Green Refractor RFTS that looks like a green foil versus actual refractor. Also the number is on the left side versus the right. Who can I contact to verify it?

  22. I have a 1994 lenny dykstra pacific card with a frank thomas 1990 topps on the back. Anyone anything about this?

  23. Opened some Topps Heritage with a bunch of error cards, player on the front doesn’t match the player on the back? Any thoughts? Some examples are Fernando Tatis with a Brandon Lowe back, Luis Robert with a Joey Votto back? Not sure the value of them? Or cards like them

  24. Hi my name is Nicholas I’m 41 years young and collected all sports all cards forever. Then I realized everyone was doing that and I said to myself how am I gonna make any R.O.I. on cards thats thousands have been produced. The autograpgh game was hard and there allways a chance its a fake. So I got into collecting error cards. Got a couple here I’m gonna jot down real quick see if any can be of help with then. First I got the Nolan Ryan 1990 Donruss king of king back on the back of the of the stat card reverse backs! I bought the hole 1990 Donruss Set brand new got those two errors and also got a Bo Jackson king of kings with a small white dot where his name listed and the same dot on top left side of the banner that says king of kings.Now I know most wont believe me but I also got the 1990 Donruss Ken Griffey Jr an on the back where it say 1989 leaf, inc they forgot the period after inc. Any abbreviation of a word has a period after it. This all came in one set back in 1990 I dud it the set of errors

  25. I have a Bobby Abreu fleer ultra 1999 #235 that is a total front misprint. Foil stamping is completely below the place it’s suppose to be on. The card is cut incorrectly with Abreu’s head cut off and another player name upside down on bottom. A true probably one of a kind. Back is all correct. This one was missed by quality control.

  26. I have a Frank Thomas 1990 Topps error card with no name on the front. Is there an actual market for people who want to buy this card?

  27. 2019 Gypsy Queen Mike Trout(missing nameplate)

    2021 Topps Heritage 100 different cards with the wrong players stats on the back

  28. I got a Donruss 90 on front on the back say it 1989 leaf and the card was cut out way wrong. Billy Hatcher I is hard to notice the the angles when it is laying on the card below it but when it held up pretty cool card like to ssale it

  29. If you would like a pic just leave me a text card has been in a sleeve in a binder for awhile put away really nice card

  30. I have a 2013 Justin Verlander card front with the back being a randy Johnson front. No back card stats or anything else just two fronts

  31. I have a 1999 topps Tom Glavine 47 gallery with the picture off center and his name half ghosted instead of gold like the bottom half of his name.rare or not?

  32. Have a 1994 upper deck Alex Ochoa future foundation card with gold foil under the top left corner . Contacted upper deck told no record of error. Told to have card graded at BGS ? Error or defec?

  33. I was lucky enough to creak open a box of 92 classic draft picks baseball and pull a Derek Jeter Foil Rookie with a variety of errors. One being two k’s in Derek Jeter And also two r;s on Jeter. The name has prism effect when you wove it changes color, Than the entire picture of jeter is double exposed with shadow outlining entire picture. Than it has white border after name area where foil was not applied. This is surely one of a kind. I can guarantee that another is not out there. It is fresh from a pack that i opened few weeks ago. I assume if i get this graded i should use Beckett Or Psa? Any thoughts? I want to sell it but not gonna wait for PSA.

  34. Help. I have 2017 donruss with mike pizza on the front and the back is frank Thomas. I’m trying to determine the value.! I can’t find anything comparable.

  35. I just bought a full set of first edition Topps Master photos from 1993. There are five packs of three photos each. I just noticed that pack number three is an error with Frank Thomas Mickey Henderson and Lance Johnson in the pack rather than Jose canseco Will Clark and Wade boggs.
    All the packages are sealed and unopened.
    I can’t find any info on this error.

  36. I have a few error cards that I’m not sure anyone is aware of.
    1989 Fleer: Mike Heath and Tom Brookens.
    (Heath stats on back of Brookens, card #130)
    1990 Donruss: card #719, Bud Black (Giants logo while playing for Toronto). He never played for Giants.

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